Archive for June 22nd, 2011

Hubby brought these home from our place in Pangasinan last month. It took a week for them to ripen to this color.

I don’t know what they call it in other areas but in our home province in Pangasinan, we simply call it Chesa. The unripe green fruit is as hard as a rock  but when it ripens, it becomes golden-yellow or orange. The flesh is a little creamy and sweet, more like squash or a yolk of an egg when it is cooked.  It’s not a very popular fruit. Actually, I only see them during Christmas season and New Year where the enterprising vendors sell several kinds of fruits to complete the thirteen traditional fruits for display at the dining table.

A quick search on Google says that Chesa is also called Canistel, Egg Fruit,  Tiessa, Tisa, Zapote, or Sapote (varieties include Sapodilla, Yellow Sapote, Mamey Sapote, Green Sapote, Black Sapote, Chapote, South American Sapote.  It is called Pautaria Campechiana  and belongs to the family of sapotaceae, a large, symmetrical, bushy, everygreen tree. It’s probably loaded with Vitamin A because of its yellow color.  It’s rare nowadays to find this fruit in commercial quantity since most of the fruit-bearing trees are not commonly found unlike mangoes or some Philippine fruits in season.

Chesa, anyone?

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People could hurt you with words, just as much as they could with their actions. Remember about my blog on keeping promises and saying yes when you mean no? It was my son’s birthday yesterday so I deliberately didn’t blog just so I could prepare something for the three of us, minus hubby who is still in the province tending the farm.  I was simply disappointed that he could not go home although he promised that he’ll be here to celebrate with us. We do understand why he could not come home, well, it’s just that we were not complete as a family. You know why I’m big on celebrations like this, because he was away from us for so long while working abroad and he missed most of the special occasions in the family.

This morning, I had left-over pizza for breakfast,  left-over pasta for lunch and probably more left-over pancit canton for dinner.  It’s been a tradition in our family that every birthday that we have,  we prepare something that we could all share, unless there is time for us to go to a good restaurant and try some  recipes that we don’t normally cook at home.  It was quite impossible though to go out yesterday since the kids both had work to attend to.

We started selling the fashion accessories and some of the rosaries that my daughter and I made the past few days. I am getting excited about this project because we do get orders now although they still come in trickles but it’s a start.  The dining table has become our workplace at night and one could not measure the sense of camaraderie and bonding moments while we are experimenting on what colors to make and to combine. It’s a thrill in itself  to watch the beads slowly become a pair of earring or a nice bracelet or a colorful rosary. Making fashion accessories is indeed a very rewarding hobby, though you experience back aches from time to time and hands stiff from cutting wires and eyes too tired to see prints on the computer screen. Reading has again taken a back-seat for a while.

Would love to post some pictures here one of these days.

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